Entries in front porch (7)


how i tripled the size of the ferns on my front porch

Ferns on the front porch are an unspoken rule here in the south.  There's just something about having them flank my front door in the planters my husband made me that makes me so happy to pull into my driveway every day!  I've been fortunate enough to have great luck with them in the past; I even managed to keep two alive three years in a row by keeping them in my garage during the winter.  This year, I found four at the grocery store for $10 a pop; I loved the broad leaves and emerald color so much more than traditional Boston ferns, but when I put them in my planters (I put two in each because my planters are so ginormous!), they just barely hung over the top.  Fast forward about a month and a half and they have all tripled in size!

My secret is this: water them every other day and twice a month, I add a scoop of Jack's Classic 20-20-20 plant food to a gallon of water and drench them.  In no time, they are filling out my planters and adding such a gorgeous pop of color to the front porch! 

I finally got around to planting some flowers in pots, too, and while you can technically use the 20-20-20 for flowers, as well, I like to use the Blossom Booster Fertilizer - I've tried others before but nothing has worked as well as this for me!  Here is purple angelonia and lime green sweet potato vine about a week after the first application:

Happy weekend! (And happy planting!)


obsessed: versailles planters

I've been pining for a pair of oversize Versailles planters to flank my front door ever since we built our house six years ago.  Their classic shape is so elegant and not only do they look amazing with a few coats of high gloss paint but they work in so many design styles, too.  Sadly, a pair of these babies (or at least the ones I've seen and fallen in love with) can run close to the same as a monthly mortgage payment so I've settled for zinc lookalike urns made of fiberglass, instead.  But oh, how these planters call to my ever loving heart:


Cote de Texas

House Beautiful

Howard Design Studio

Gil Schafer

Bruce Budd via Architectural Digest

Howard Design Studio

Andrew Skurman Architeccts


Traditional Home

I got a wild hair a few weeks ago to look online and see if I could find any decent plans to build my own and, much to my surprise, there were a bunch of pretty good ones!  Here are a few that caught my eye:

Love this tutorial for a more traditional (short but wide) planter:

Another great DIY for a Restoration Hardware-inspired pair (I LOVE the ball finials!):

Love the pair Centional Girl built for her back porch!  Her step-by-step instructions are so easy to follow:

I'm hoping to tackle a pair of these for my porch this weekend, so stay tuned to see which ones we go with!  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


front porch refresher

Welcome, January, in all your blustery cold glory!  I wrote this post with the intention of sprucing up your front porch and beating the after holiday decorating blah's once the Christmas decorations have all come down, but that was well before I realized it was going to be one hundred degrees below freezing!  I'm going to post it anyway because, now that the wreaths are all down from my windows and front door and the cheery pillows and lanterns are put away, the porch looks bleak and empty.  And also because, no matter how beautiful the inside of your home is, making a good first impression at home really does start outside.  Here are a few picks that can make a big impact; whether you pick one, two or all, they will be sure to freshen up your porch!

Myrtle Wreath / Brass ring door knocker / Metal garden orb / Brass house number /

Planter / Woven door mat / Lantern lights

Paint is the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to make a dramatic impact on a budget.  If you only do one thing to change up your porch, painting your front door a bold color in a high gloss finish is the way to go!  Glossy black is not only timeless, but is a gorgeous backdrop for an emerald green myrtle wreath (which is festive all year long!)  The combination is stunning! 

A shiny brass door knocker like this one is divine.  I also love this one and this one, too!

I scored a pair of metal garden orbs like these on clearance last summer at Target and they've been such a beautiful compliment to my porch and deck!  I set them in front of my ferns and now the leftover tree clippings (which are still going strong!)

These 6 inch brass house numbers make an elegant statement!

These fiberglass planters look like zinc; a pair flanking a front door would look gorgeous!

Something as simple as swapping out your door mat is a fresh way to make a change. I love this one (and I love the price, too!)

Nothing makes a dramatic statement as much as lighting.  And for the front porch, I'm a firm believer that the bigger, the better.  I bought these lantern lights last summer (see my post here) - they are 27 inches and not only do they make a dramatic impact, but, at around $100 EACH, they are super easy on the wallet, too!

How do you freshen your porch after taking all your decorations down?  I'd love to know!


super easy fix for leftover christmas tree clippings!

When the first frost hits and I have to relocate the ginormous Boston ferns that flank my front door to shelter in the garage, the front porch looks always looks so incredibly empty, so I'm always on the hunt for ways to add some greenery that will last throughout the winter.  The local nursery we get our tree from always has a mile high pile of leftover branches and are always more than willing to let me take as many home with me as I can carry.  For the last few years, I've been "planting" them in urns on either side of my front door to add some greenery for Christmas and the best part is that, with a little water every other week, they have lasted me all the way thoughout the month of February! This is a great fix for the extra trimmings from your tree, too! 

I fill my urns a little more than halfway with pinecones so the pots aren't so heavy and then fill in the rest with potting soil.  Stick the branches in the dirt and water them well.  That's it!  A super simple, inexpensive way to add some holiday cheer to your front porch!


the most incredibly priced, oversize outdoor lantern lights!

I've been on the hunt for some oversize lantern lights for my front porch for a while now; if you've been following, I won't bore you with the details - I've posted about my search here, here and here.  I had finally decided on some copper beauties that were on major sale and then, in typical fashion, I dragged my feet and missed it.  Then, on a random stop into Lowe's a couple of weeks ago I spotted Allen and Roth's new outdoor lighting line, Parsons Field, and about had a heart attack! There are three different sizes and the biggest one is a whopping 27 inches long!  They have a beautiful black iron finish and seeded glass and...are you ready?...they cost $110!!!!  I couldn't get them in my cart fast enough.  I'm in LOVE.  Talk about curb appeal; they are the perfect statement piece and make quite a first impression.

Love my lover's knot coco coir door mat from Hayneedle:

For the first time in a decade of living in the south, my ferns did not fare well this summer, despite liquid iron, plenty of water and lots of shade, so I swapped them for some inexpensive palms and hot pink vincas:

Aren't they gorgeous?

Back to the how they look at night:

 Head to Lowe's to see the rest of the collection and additional sizes.  And don't forget to show your military ID for an additional 10% off!

Happy Hump Day!